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  1. #1
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    FutureLight - The North Face

    Just saw this article and didn't see a thread on it:

    "North Face’s new waterproof fabric makes Gore-Tex look downright primitive"

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/outdoo...gn=daily-brief

    EVent and Neoshell tried, but Gore is still the king! Does TNF have the power/market to knock them off...or will it be another H2No and they'll be back to ProShell inside of a decade? Whatcha all think?
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    Yeah, I saw that and was going to ask if anyone knew anything about it.

    It's interesting. They are saying it's breath-ability level is 75,000, which if true would be essentially more than double anything else available. That would be hugely breathable. No info on waterproof levels, however. At 75,000 I'd actually start to worry about wind resistance and insulation.

    It could be a game changer or it could be a fantastic option for folks working hard (touring) or it could be total TNF made up crap. But they've got my attention.

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    I have yet to wear it, but talking candidly to some of the TNF athletes (even some more cynical ones) they are freaking stoked on it. Helped Hilary and Jim do their Lhotse couloir mission...
    TLDR; Ski faster. Quit breathing. Don't crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalNomad View Post
    I have yet to wear it, but talking candidly to some of the TNF athletes (even some more cynical ones) they are freaking stoked on it. Helped Hilary and Jim do their Lhotse couloir mission...
    Hmm. I kind of hate the idea that TNF would come out with tech that would be industry leading and therefore I would have to consider buying it. Ever since they turned into a higher tech Gap, and then hired a buddy of mine to get them back into serious gear again and promptly blew off every suggestion he had till he left, our motto has been "Freinds don't let friends wear the north face..."

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    Perhaps they’ve developed a manufacturing process that enables more precise customization, but like many other competing products aren’t they just manipulating the size of the holes?

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    Didn't they talk about it on the most recent Totally Deep podcast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beece View Post
    Hmm. I kind of hate the idea that TNF would come out with tech that would be industry leading and therefore I would have to consider buying it. Ever since they turned into a higher tech Gap, and then hired a buddy of mine to get them back into serious gear again and promptly blew off every suggestion he had till he left, our motto has been "Freinds don't let friends wear the north face..."
    Was he working on Summit Series back when it relaunched? I might know who you're talking about...

    And yeah they did talk a bit about it on the Totally Deep where they talked to Hilary and Jim, but not many details.

    Yes this way of manufacturing a membrane is different than gore, event, or any others that are currently in market.
    TLDR; Ski faster. Quit breathing. Don't crash.

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